Halton Autism Social Skills Groups

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Contact Jessica Gallino, Intake Coordinator
Phone: (905) 689-4727 ext. 115
Email:  haltonautismservices@woodview.ca

What are Social Skills Groups?

Social skills groups are offered in-person. Social skills groups feature a variety of themes such as learning to engage in functional play with peers including turn taking, requesting, sharing, engaging in group routines, and more. 

Social skills groups will help to further develop your child’s communication skills and daily living skills by learning and practicing through fun and exciting activities each week.

The ratio for each social skills group changes based on the child’s needs and skills, up to a ratio of 2 staff to 8 children.

Parents and caregivers will be required to attend one mandatory parent session with a Clinical Supervisor at the end of the group block.  Parents will have the opportunity to watch videos to observe the progress and gains of their child in the group, for information sharing from Woodview Staff, and to discuss next steps for future social and communication goals.

What is the focus of Social Skills Groups?

The focus of social skills groups is to help and support children to reach their potential in social and communication skills and to improve their daily living skills.

Social skills groups are offered in small group sizes and use Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) principles and evidence-based strategies, plus video modelling, role play, and homework to teach these various skills.

Learn more about the variety of Halton Autism Services that we offer.

What are the pre-requisites to join the Social Skills Groups?
  • Can wait appropriately for at least 5 minutes
  • Can tolerate groups or be with other children
  • No significant problem behaviours or safety concerns (bolting/flight risk/aggressive verbal or physical behaviour/self injurious behaviour)
  • Does not require 1 to 1 support
  • Toilet trained
  • Can follow 1 step instructions and requests
  • Can participate in activities safely
  • Can participate in some conversation (depends on the theme that week)

Summer 2022

“Cooking and Science Fun” – Ages 9-11

This 8 week social skills group will focus on independence in the kitchen with cooking basic meals and creating fun science experiments. Using evidence based strategies the group will practice reading and following basic recipes to cook fun snacks and meals, clean up and learn about safety in the kitchen. There will also be time to eat their creations, learn some fun science facts and hang out with peers!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: Tuesdays from July 5th to August 30th, 2022 (closed Aug. 2nd)
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Ratio: 4 participants to 1 staff (minimum 3 children for the group to run)
Cost: $1040

Goals: 

(1) Follows basic instructions on a recipe
(2) Further independence in kitchen skills and clean up
(3) Learns basic kitchen and science safety skills

“Sports & Games”– Ages 6-8

This 1-week group program will focus on introducing the learners to a variety of sport and ball activities, including soccer, ball hockey, and basketball. Additionally, the leaners will have time to play a variety of active games and board games throughout the week (weather dependent!). Using evidence based strategies the group will work on their sportsmanship skills, such as congratulating winners, supporting peer successes and accepting loss when it naturally occurs as well as using tools to calm themselves when they feel upset about a loss in sports and games. There will also be some unstructured time to hang out with peers during snacks and at the playground!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: July 11 – 15th, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4  with a maximum of 8 learners
Cost: $980

Goals: 

(1) Participates in a variety of sports and game activities (with or without prompts)
(2) Congratulates peer when peer wins or performs well
(3) Accepts loss in a game by congratulating peer for win, without any interfering behaviours (e.g., throwing items, yelling, etc.)

“Community Safety” – Ages 6-8

This 1-week group program will focus on community Safety skills, such as how to identify an emergency, who community helpers are, and what they do, when to call 911, and how to safely walk and cross the street. Using Natural Environment Teaching (NET), the group will meet different community helpers, see their uniforms and vehicles, and work through lessons on when to call them. This group will include a end of the week trip to a local community park, where learners will have the opportunity to have a picnic, and practice safe street walking, and crossing. There will also be some unstructured time to hang out with peers during the mornings!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: July 18th – 22nd, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4 with a maximum of 8 learners
Cost: $980

Goals:

(1) Identifies 3 community helpers, and their role (e.g., firefighter puts out fires)
(2) Identifies and emergency and when to call 911, for 3 unique situations
(3) Identifies the steps to safely crossing the road

“Weird Science Group” – Ages 6-8

This 1-week group program will focus on science and science experiments, such as making Volcanoes, slime, play-doh, and tornados. Using Natural Environment Teaching (NET) and active responding the group will complete at least 2 associated experiments each day while working on skills to engage as A group, take turns, and answer questions about the group activity. There will also be some unstructured time to hang out with peers during the mornings!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: July 25th – 29th, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4 with a maximum of 8 learners
Cost: $980

Goals:
(1) When peer request a turn in a large group activity, will respond to the request appropriately
(2) Will answer questions about the group activity when asked directly

“Sports & Games”– Ages 9-11

This 1-week group program will focus on introducing the learners to a variety of sport and ball activities, including soccer, ball hockey, and basketball. Additionally, the leaners will have time to play a variety of active games and board games throughout the week (weather dependent!). Using evidence based strategies the group will work on their sportsmanship skills, such as congratulating winners, supporting peer successes and accepting loss when it naturally occurs as well as using tools to calm themselves when they feel upset about a loss in sports and games. There will also be some unstructured time to hang out with peers during snacks and at the playground!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date: August 8th – 12th, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4  with a maximum of 8 learners
Cost: $980

Goals: 

(1) Participates in a variety of sports and game activities (with or without prompts)
(2) Congratulates peer when peer wins or performs well
(3) Accepts loss in a game by congratulating peer for win, without any interfering behaviours (e.g., throwing items, yelling, etc.)

“Community Safety” – Ages 7-10

This 1-week group program will focus on community Safety skills, such as how to identify an emergency, who community helpers are, and what they do, when to call 911, and how to safely walk and cross the street. Using Natural Environment Teaching (NET), the group will meet different community helpers, see their uniforms and vehicles, and work through lessons on when to call them. This group will include a end of the week trip to a local community park, where learners will have the opportunity to have a picnic, and practice safe street walking, and crossing. There will also be some unstructured time to hang out with peers during the mornings!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date:  August 15 – 19, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4 with a maximum of 8 learners
Cost: $980

Goals:

(1) Identifies 3 community helpers, and their role (e.g., firefighter puts out fires)
(2) Identifies and emergency and when to call 911, for 3 unique situations
(3) Identifies the steps to safely crossing the road

“Weird Science Group” – Ages 9-11

This 1-week group program will focus on science and science experiments, such as making Volcanoes, slime, play-doh, and tornados. Using Natural Environment Teaching (NET) and active responding the group will complete at least 2 associated experiments each day while working on skills to engage as A group, take turns, and answer questions about the group activity. There will also be some unstructured time to hang out with peers during the mornings!

Location: 69 Flatt Road, Burlington
Date:  August 22nd – 26th, 2022
Time: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4 with a maximum of 8 learners
Cost: $980

Goals:
(1) When peer request a turn in a large group activity, will respond to the request appropriately
(2) Will answer questions about the group activity when asked directly